A millionaire legislator who many Republicans fear is too conservative to win statewide defeated a moderate in a GOP primary Tuesday for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun.
State Comptroller Loleta Did-rickson, an abortion-rights supporter backed by much of the GOP establishment, conceded to state Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, who poured more than $7 million of his family's banking fortune into the race and mustered strong support among religious conservatives.It marked the second Senate primary in a row in which Illinois Republicans have snubbed a moderate state official in favor of a lesser-known conservative. Two years ago, the GOP candidate lost in November.
In the Democratic primary for governor, Glenn Poshard, a five-term Southern Illinois congressman, defeated three Chicago attorneys. Poshard (pronounced Puh-SHARD), the most conservative of the leading Democrats in the race, put together his victory by building on his downstate popularity with key endorsements from labor groups and Chicago party leaders.
He will face Secretary of State George Ryan, an easy victor in the GOP primary, for the job being given up after two terms by Republican Gov. Jim Edgar. The GOP has controlled the governorship for 22 years.